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2008 Joseph Phelps - Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard 750ml
2008 Joseph Phelps - Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard
USA - California - Napa - Oakville
Red / Cabernet Sauvignon
2008 Joseph Phelps - Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard
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Professional Reviews

IWC
93(+?)

International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 156

(this wine and the 2009 version are 100% cabernet sauvignon, as Joseph Phelps is replanting some petit verdot and malbec): Bright ruby. Aromas of blueberry, crushed stone, licorice and violet. Very tight and energetic, with dark berry flavors complicated by meaty, smoky and saline nuances. Ultimately creamier than the Insignia, this saturates the entire mouth and leaves the taste buds vibrating. Finishes with major tongue-coating tannins, superb persistence and captivating minerality.

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WA
97

Wine Advocate Author: Antonio Galloni Issue: 198

The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Backus is a beautifully delineated wine endowed with tons of personality and sheer class. The wine comes alive in the glass, with crushed rose petals, dark raspberry jam, licorice and spices. There is an exotic element to the fruit that is highly appealing. Today the tannins are quite firm, suggesting the wine needs at least a few more years in the cellar. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2038.

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WS
94

Wine Spectator Author: James Laube

Firm and intense, this is beautifully structured, with a tight, vivid core of mineral-laced raspberry, black cherry, anise and cedar flavors. Full-bodied and firming nicely on the finish, where the minerality provides a flinty edge.

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Community Reviews

99

NectarLover Trust Rating: 100 Tasted On: 11/03/2013

flwine Trust Rating: 82 Tasted On: 01/17/2013 Drink Dates: 2013-2030

92

Jeffrey M989 Trust Rating: 97 Tasted On: 12/11/2011 Drink Dates: 2013

Tannic and closed. Opened up some with air, and had a nice nose and structure, with a good finish. Good to very good, but needs some time.

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